Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Date and Banana Puddings with Fudge Sauce

After such a glorious Sydney day, I was really feeling the cold in the evening. I adore the sunshine. So when it goes down I love to bake or cook up a storm, mostly to feel warmer! My hubby and I try to make it a family day on sunday's. We don't have any kids yet to have our big family day, so we head to one of our parent's homes. Usually my folks. My  mum is a wonderful cook. She makes the kinda food you miss and crave when you move out. Mum will do the food, and I do the dessert. Tonight I made these little puds.
I have made these puddings many times. I like to change the flavours almost every time I make them. Sometimes I use dates and banana, or berries, or citrus with lemon and lime!
Makes 6

100 grams dates
1/2 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon bi-carb 

2 med bananas mashed
2 teaspoons vanilla
100 grams butter softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup self raising flour

2-4 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup boiling water
Fudge Sauce
50 grams butter
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons cream.

Preheat the oven to 180C. Roughly chop the dates and place them in a heat proof bowl. Add the bi-carb, then pour the boiling water over them. Mix the vanilla and banana into the date mixture. Set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar together until pale. Add the egg mix thoroughly. Then add the banana, date mix and stir until combined.
Spoon into ramekins and place them onto a tray. Sprinkle the tops with brown sugar, then pour the hot water on top. Add a small amount of water to the bottom of the tray to make a water bath. Bake for about 25 minutes.
For the fudge sauce just melt all the ingredients together. 

Top the puddings with a spoon of vanilla ice-cream, or cream, then pour over the fudge sauce.

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